Spawns maggots that attack its target.

Brood Mothers are large, heavy Infested that spawn Maggots within their chest cavity, which the Brood Mother can then release to attack enemies. Brood Mothers will also charge at nearby opponents, and release an additional swarm of maggots upon death. They were introduced in the Operation: Mutalist Incursions event in Update 15.5 (2014-11-27).

Attached Maggots slow the victim down a little while doing damage over time, with the slowdown and damage increases with the number of attached maggots. These maggots are weak and easy to dispatch but due to their small size can prove to be difficult without AoE weapons or abilities.

Farming Locations[]

These are based on opinions and may not be 100% true. These should be viewed as advice for finding the enemies until better facts are proven. For endless missions, players may need to stay in-mission for a while until these enemies start spawning.

Target Planet Name Type Level Tile Set
IconInfestedB.svg Earth Tikal Excavation (Dark Sector) 6 - 16 Grineer Forest
IconInfestedB.svg Ceres Gabii Survival (Dark Sector) 15 - 25 Grineer Galleon
IconInfestedB.svg Uranus Assur Survival (Dark Sector) 25 - 35 Grineer Galleon
IconInfestedB.svg Eris Isos Capture 32 - 36 Infested Ship


  • Rolling or using a melee attack will make Maggots fall on the ground. This will not kill them and they will continue to pursue a player until killed. This means that attacking a Brood Mother with melee is relatively safe.
  • Shooting them in the chest cavity will do a considerable amount of damage.


  • MindControl130xDark.png Mind Controlled Brood Mothers will release friendly Maggots; however, it seems that when the ability ends the Maggots spawned while the Brood Mother is Mind Controlled will become hostile again.
  • Sand Shadows summoned by InarosIcon272.png Inaros' Devour130xDark.png Devour will release friendly maggots on death.
  • Maggots cannot be shot off of friendly units.


  • The Brood Mother was introduced in Devstream 35, where it was referred to as the Diseased Ancient.


  • Brood Mother corpses cannot be desecrated normally. However, if the Brood Mothers are stopped from releasing Maggots upon death, desecrating is possible. A reliable way to do this is killing them in one shot with a high damage weapon like the Dread2.png Dread (requires further testing).
  • Mind Controlling a Brood Mother during a Defense mission may make it impossible to end the current wave, due to possible errors with the spawned maggots.
  • The Brood Mother's deceptive hitbox means that sometimes players will have to fire near the center of the Brood Mother's model to actually hit it.


Deimos Brood Mother General Miscellaneous
Introduced Update 29.0 (2020-08-25)
Tileset Cambion Drift Codex Scans 5
Weapon Spawns Maggots Other Drops
Statistics Mod Drops Mod TT 20px.png Flechette 0.7587%
Mod TT 20px.png Lasting Sting 0.7587%
Mod TT 20px.png Redirection 0.7587%
Mod TT 20px.png Expel Infested 0.6633%
Mod TT 20px.png High Noon 0.0303%
80 Endo 0.0303%
Fossilized 700
DmgSlashSmall64.png +DmgBlastSmall64.png ++DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png +++DmgColdSmall64.png -DmgToxinSmall64.png ‐‐DmgRadiationSmall64.png ‐‐‐
Base Level 1



Warframe Brood Mother-1

Patch History[]

Update 30.0 (2021-04-13)

  • Brood Mothers maggots now spawn less and less frequently the longer they're alive to mitigate exploitive gameplay.

Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

  • Fixed maggots potentially being created out of bounds when spawned by the death of a Brood Mother.

Hotfix 23.3.2 (2018-08-13)

  • Fixed Nekros’ Shadow of the Dead Infested Brood Mothers producing looping/stacking maggot sound effects.

Hotfix 20.6.4 (2017-05-31)

  • Fixed the Infested Brood Mother’s not being able to melee attack.

Update 19.1 (2016-11-25)

  • Fixed Brood Mothers and Boilers going into T-pose after death.

Update 18.5 (2016-03-04)

  • Fixed Infested Brood Mothers not doing any damage with their melee attacks.

Update 15.13 (2015-02-05)

  • Saryn’s Molt will now transfer enemies that ‘latch on’ to Warframes (Brood Mother Maggots, Swarm Moa Swarms, etc) instead of destroying them.

Hotfix 15.7.2 (2014-12-19)

  • Fixed Nyx’s Mind Control causing Brood Mother Maggots to attack enemies after Mind Control ends.

Update 15.6 (2014-12-11)

  • Saryn’s Molt now removes Brood Mother Maggots, Nanite Swarms, Seeker Latchers and Leeches.

Hotfix 15.5.7 (2014-12-03)

  • Infested Tar Mutalist MOA, Swarm Mutalist MOA, Boiler and Brood Mother have all been added to regular Infested missions throughout the star chart!

Hotfix 15.5.6 (2014-12-02)

  • Fixed Infested Brood Mother not being able to get up after being knocked down.

Update 15.5 (2014-11-27)

  • Introduced.

See also[]

  • Maggot, the enemy that the Brood Mother can spawn.